Videographer Liz McKenzie recently sent us this fish-eye view of pink salmon in the Indian River, in downtown Sitka. It’s easy to see how pinks come by their nickname: humpies. 2013 was a record year for pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska, and a few are still arriving! To learn more about the role pink salmon play in the food cycle, visit the Encounters website, with host Richard Nelson.
Salmon in the stream
A species of fern common in Asia has been found in Southeast Alaska. But unlike invasive species, Wright’s filmy fern is an early colonizer. And figuring out how and when it got here is the next piece of the puzzle. more
Rob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell. Downloadable audio. more